before the debate romney was on tape writing off half of americans as obama supporters say they rely on the government for the handouts. after the debate, he made this about face. listen to what he told sean hannity on fox. >> clearly in a campaign with not hundreds of speeches and question and answer sessions, now and then you say something that doesn't come out right. in this case, i said something that is just completely wrong. >> completely wrong. now, why wait 17 days? is this an attempt to reconnect with voters maybe after that damage had been done? >> i hope it is. and i also think it means that he's feeling very comfortable about the republican base. you know, we saw him do things in the debate, randi, like, for example, talk about his health care plan in massachusetts, own it. one of the first times we have seen him do it and i can't tell you how happy i am to see him say that he misspoke. that it was completely wrong that statement about the 47% because i know there are republicans like me who do feel it was wrong and also a lot of romney voting republicans within that 47%.